Green Cars Steal the Show
At the Washington D.C. auto show the Advanced Technology Superhighway highlights the new green and alternative fuel cars. The variety is great, from fuel cell to natural gas cars with even more green cars displayed on the main floor. These cars are the future of consumer motor vehicles, as oil supply decreases we will be turning to the alternative fuels these vehicles utilize, and there have never been so many choices.
Honda, Toyota and Ford have the largest amount of alternative fuel vehicles on display. Honda’s highlight car is the Civic which run on natural gas (Fig 1) that recently won the Green Car Journal’s 2012 Green Car of the Year award. In addition to the CR-Z, Insight and Civic Hybrids, Honda also has an electric version of the Fit (Fig 2) slated for production soon and a FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle available for limited lease.
Toyota was one of the first leaders in the production of electric and hybrid vehicles, and the massive offerings in Prius’ reflect there desire to continue that status. There are 3 different Prius models in production and another on its way. One of their newest production cars, available in March for limited release and 2013 in all U.S. states is the Prius Plug-In Hybrid (Fig 3). Besides the Prius line up, Toyota also offers a hybrid Camry and Highlander for sale in addition to working on fuel cell hybrid (Fig 4) and an electric Rav4 (Fig 5).
Ford had an impressive line up of electric cars, including a display of their electric engiene. The Ford C-Max Energi (Fig 6) won the Green Car Journal’s 2012 Green Car Vision Award, and the electric Focus (Fig 7) and Transit van rounded out the display at the show. Ford also offers their Fusion and Escape in hybrids.
Not to be forgotten are the many other green models on display. In production now is Smart’s fortwo electric car (Fig 8), Chevy’s Volt (Fig 9), and the Nissan Leaf (Fig 10), the 2011 World Car of the Year. At the show you can also see the Volvo XC60 Hybrid (Fig 11) and Lexus LF LC Hybrid (Fig 12) concept cars.
The company CODA is also located in the Advanced Technology Superhighway area. The California based company creates an all electric car (Fig 13) that can get up to 150 miles a charge, with a top speed of 85 mph. It only takes 6 hours for a full charge. The sedan’s interior fabric is made with eco-friendly fabric and is assembled in the U.S (Fig 14).
All of the cars at the Washington Auto Show were impressive, but the sheer number of green and especially electric cars indicated a trend towards more sustainable driving habits. There is currently up to a $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles to help decrease the price for consumers. If you cannot make it out to the show, it is worth looking at some of these cars at the dealerships and online because now there is a hybrid or electric vehicle to fit everyone’s budget and style. By making your next car a hybrid or electric vehicle you can save both money and environmental resources.